Joanne Salley

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Joanne Salley (born 1977 in Dungannon)[1] is a former Miss Northern Ireland winner, presently working as an art teacher and part-time television presenter.

Educated at the Royal School Dungannon, she trained in ballet for fifteen years. She has a teaching certificate from a Cambridge College.

Salley won the Miss Northern Ireland title in 1998, and came runner-up in the Miss United Kingdom pageant. She became a teacher and an occasional television reporter/presenter. Starting out her teaching career at Harrow School, she then joined Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood, before returning to Harrow for a second period in 2010.

She once co-hosted The Big Breakfast, worked for Comic Relief does Fame Academy, Disney and as a researcher for the BBC's Hard Sell. Appearances in television advertisements include the Peugeot 106. In October 2011, she co-hosted the BBC series Out of the Blue.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Boyfriends include A Question of Sport captain and England rugby player, Matt Dawson: they appeared together in Hello! magazine (issue no. 794),[3] and lived in London.[4]

Salley plays polo. She has raised funds for charity by running the New York Marathon, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro[5] and visited the site of the world's highest active volcano in Ecuador where she helped build a school for an isolated community.[6] She has also worked for charities such as Breast cancer, Mencap and Asthma UK.

In 2011 photos, taken by professional photographer and part-time teaching colleague Fiona Corthine, of Salley posing topless were found on a memory stick by a Harrow pupil and distributed around the school.[7]


  1. ^ "Sporting wife" The Times Online: Salley was 29 as of the 11th of March, 2006.
  2. ^ [1] BBC website.
  3. ^ Hello! Magazine.
  4. ^ [2] Guinness Premiership.
  5. ^ Rugby Heaven: Sue Mott 4th of February, 2004.
  6. ^ "As pretty as a pearl" - Sunday Life 22nd of January, 2006.
  7. ^ Ward, Victoria (31 March 2011). "Harrow teacher 'in tears' after pupils find topless photos". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
Preceded by
Julie Martin (1997)
Miss Northern Ireland
Succeeded by
Zöe Salmon (1999)